Candy Cane Punch Recipe
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Candy Cane Punch Recipe

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Peppermint ice cream makes this creamy drink taste—and look—more like a dessert than a punch! I've mixed it many times for ladies' lunches and buffets. For a fun garnish, hang mini candy canes around the punch bowl and cups. —Neva Schnauber, Ft. Collins, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 jars (12 ounces each) strawberry jelly
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, divided
  • 2 quarts peppermint stick ice cream
  • Miniature candy canes, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 270 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, melt jelly with 2 cups soda. Chill the jelly mixture and remaining soda. Just before serving, place 6 cups ice cream in a punch bowl. Gently stir in jelly mixture. Add remaining soda. Add remaining ice cream by scoopfuls. Garnish with candy canes if desired. Yield: 3-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Candy Cane Punch in Country Woman November/December 1999, p28

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gld2bmom User ID: 7191733 238728
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2015

"My daughter served this punch at her dorm's Christmas party and it was a huge hit! Even though some were skeptical of the strawberry-mint flavor combination at first, once her friends tried the punch, they went back for seconds and thirds!"

momoflandl User ID: 5566695 214356
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"Our family makes this punch every year, it's amazing! I have such a hard time walking away from it that I end up drinking more than eating."

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 203868
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2014

"Served this punch for a Christmas party. Such a pretty presentation in a glass punch bowl with candy canes hanging on the edge of the bowl. The punch is so good and my guests didn't leave a drop!"

Happymamaandlife User ID: 7056137 104389
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"I don't know what punch the other reviewers made, but the punch I made for Christmas Eve was awful! There is not one person who finished their cup, let alone a 2nd sip! It is sooo sweet, that it's inedible. I'll never even attempt to make this punch again. It was one of the worst things I have ever tried. I should've just made the mint and pomegranate punch again this year. Oh well, live and learn."

Diana017 User ID: 6925193 81845
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"HUGE hit at our Christmas parties last year. I'll be making it again this year. I found the jelly at the Dollar Tree - bargain!"

vajudybug User ID: 581753 45787
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"I made this for our family Christmas get together. So glad I got enough to make for another party as the first batch was gone before everyone got to our house. They all said this was their favorite punch now."

ravan65 User ID: 6174153 203867
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"I made this last Sunday for fellowship hour after church service. It got rave reviews and several requests for the recipe. It looked exactly like the picture. I even heard a man say, "Isn't that PRETTY!" Great recipe for so few ingredients."

cschell User ID: 3763377 104385
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"I have made this recipe for years for a group of college kids. They always request it and can never get enough!"

soxbabe User ID: 1672182 104384
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2010

"Just made this for a Christmas Party and then again for my family's Christmas gathering. It was a great hit. Tastes yummy and is so pretty with the candy canes hanging around the bowl. The ice cream starts to look a little ugly on top when it sits for a bit, but some gentle stirring takes care of that."

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 32517
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"This was really a unique recipe! Everyone could not get enough of this punch! It was gone within minutes and tasted really great. People loved the candy canes on the edge of the bowl as well."

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